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Meet the Trees Class Bears!

October 13, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

Since the bears joined the Trees Class, the children have used them in different ways. Bears have watched the children draw, been used as part of the play, or provided comfort when children have big feelings.

Bears can serve as transitional objects for children, too. They help them adjust to the routines of school by, for example, helping them shift attachment from caregivers to teachers.

There also is often an uncanny similarity between a child and their bear’s personality! Children may use bears as self-objects, exploring and representing themselves by giving their bear characteristics, likes, and dislikes, similar to their own.

Finally, bears can also act out common conflicts and model solutions.

Let’s meet the Trees Class Bear Family!

Broccoli and Perrywinkle

Broccoli likes to eat vegetables, soup, and of course… broccoli! She likes to draw and read books. At the park she likes running and laughing.

Periwinkle is two and a half years old and has a brother named Bu Ju. She enjoys dancing and bouncing at the park. Her favorite colors are yellow, blue, pink, and purple. She likes eating cupcakes and eggs.

Cookie and Spider Man

Cookie likes to eat biscuits. His favorite thing to do is snuggle. He wears shorts and likes the color red. Cookie plays with his toys and enjoys water painting at school.

Spider Man likes school and enjoys playing with the light table. He enjoys eating cookies!

Corduroy and Ati Ati

Corduroy likes to eat fruit and getting messy. He likes going to school where he plays at the light table and reads books. Every day he gets messy and after school he takes a bath.

Ati Ati likes to dance and play a video game. He wears long-sleeve shirts and his favorite color is purple. His favorite food is meat.

Rainbow and Cookie Fan

Rainbow likes to eat pasta and play tag. Her favorite color is purple but she likes rainbows, too. She likes to wear dresses with long sleeves and spin and twirl.

Cookie Fan likes playing musical instruments. Her favorite things to eat are cookies and yogurt. Cookie Fan likes to play at the park and enjoys reading.

Bear and Ambulance

Bear is 5 years old and likes the colors pink, purple, and green. He has a brother and likes to go down the slide at the park. At home he likes to watch TV and paint. Bear enjoys eating apples!

Ambulance likes eating pizza, sushi, and pierogi. At school he likes to cut paper and read about airplanes. He likes running in the park and is a very funny bear.

Baby and Peppermint

Baby likes school, especially the light table. Her favorite food is strawberry but it gets messy! At school she likes to read books and go to the park.

Peppermint likes to eat ice cream and fish. Her favorite colors are white and purple. She enjoys playing on the computer, coloring, and playing basketball.

Ashton and Tot

Ashton likes to eat fruit bars and pancakes. He likes to watch TV and play with cars. He doesn’t have any brothers or sisters. Emerson likes to sleep, share, and quiet!

Tot is 10 years old and to eat apples. His favorite colors are red and purple. He has 1 brother and 1 sister. Tot’s favorite activity is to play with balls.

Mama and Banana

Mama is 3 years old and likes to eat apples. She doesn’t have any brothers or sisters. Her favorite book is If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Banana is 78 years old and likes to eat bear food. She enjoys doing puzzles and reading Peppa Pig books.

Sossi Essajanian

Teacher, Sky Class

Sossi Essajanian is excited to continue her teaching and learning journey at the Mustard Seed School. She began teaching at the United Nations International School where she worked with children and colleagues from around the world. This inspired her to take a primary teaching position abroad in Nicosia, Cyprus, where she lived and worked for two years.

Ms. Essajanian has a passion for supporting children’s social/emotional skills and learning through a loving and caring classroom community. These are built on creating shared understandings and opportunities for children to identify and express their feelings and of those around them. She believes in creating experiences through pair and group work where learning blossoms through social experiences.

Ms. Essajanian also enjoys reading and talking about books and continues to pursue her second passion: editing. She’s worked in various editorial capacities in newspapers, magazines, and books. She was recently excited to serve as the development editor of a children’s book about engineering and is looking forward to leading some tinkering investigations of her own with her students!

In her free time Ms. Essajanian runs, swims laps, and likes to take long walks to explore the world around her.

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